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Essential Baroque

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
EMI's Essential Baroque is a double-disc of 40 short pieces and excerpts that represent the best of western art music from the 17th and early 18th centuries. While the use of references to popular movies that featured themes from these works is a little obvious -- remember that snappy tune from Die Hard? -- they do point up the fact that Baroque music is still a part of our popular culture, and deservedly so, because much memorable music was composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frederick Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, and the 12 other composers represented here. As is typical of EMI's compilations, the recording dates range over several decades, and here the selections ...
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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
EMI's Essential Baroque is a double-disc of 40 short pieces and excerpts that represent the best of western art music from the 17th and early 18th centuries. While the use of references to popular movies that featured themes from these works is a little obvious -- remember that snappy tune from Die Hard? -- they do point up the fact that Baroque music is still a part of our popular culture, and deservedly so, because much memorable music was composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frederick Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, and the 12 other composers represented here. As is typical of EMI's compilations, the recording dates range over several decades, and here the selections date from 1965 to 1994, so there is a mix of analog and digital recordings, as well as fairly broad sampling of performance styles. The last half of the 20th century saw many changes in the way Baroque music was played, so this collection reveals how historically informed performance practice led to contemporary preferences for stream-lined ensembles, greater freedom in ornamentation and idiomatic improvisation, and using original instruments wherever possible. Of course, the older conventional styles of playing are represented, too, so the Pachelbel "Canon" Runaway Bride is heard in an ultra-slow version, and the spurious Albinoni "Adagio" is played with all the Romantic passion required of a popular soundtrack theme Gallipoli. Still, despite the occasional stylistic misstep, the producers have put together a decent introductory package that will help beginners break into this beloved music and lead them to great recordings by the label's many distinguished artists.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/2010
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099969542923
  • Catalog Number: 95429
  • Sales rank: 125,791

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("La Primavera," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 1), Op.8/1, RV 269: 1. Allegro - Antonio Vivaldi & Camerata Lysy Gstaad (3:45)
  2. 2 Canon in D major, instrumental arrangement - Johann Pachelbel & Neville Marriner (5:00)
  3. 3 Solomon, oratorio, HWV 67: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - George Frideric Handel & Neville Marriner (2:48)
  4. 4 Adagio, for violin, strings & organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (composed by Remo Giazotto; not by Albinoni): Excerpt - Tomaso Albinoni & Neville Marriner (5:50)
  5. 5 Toccata and Fugue, for organ in D minor, BWV 565 (BC J37): Toccata - Johann Sebastian Bach & Wayne Marshall (3:22)
  6. 6 Water Music Suite No.2 for orchestra in D major, HWV 349: Alla Hornpipe - George Frideric Handel & Charles Mackerras (3:17)
  7. 7 Gloria, for 3 solo voices, chorus, trumpet, oboe, violin (ad lib), 2 violas, 2 cellos, strings & continuo in D major, RV 589: Gloria in excelsis Deo - Antonio Vivaldi & Neville Marriner (2:24)
  8. 8 Miserere mei Deus (Psalm 51), motet for chorus: Excerpt - Gregorio Allegri & Timothy Beasley-Murray (4:32)
  9. 9 Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Dance of the Blessed Spirits - Christoph Willibald Gluck & Neville Marriner (6:18)
  10. 10 Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Johann Sebastian Bach & David Willcocks (3:31)
  11. 11 Abdelazer, or, the Moor's Revenge, incidental music, Z. 570: Rondeau - Henry Purcell & Bath Festival Orchestra (1:15)
  12. 12 Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: 2. Air on the G string - Johann Sebastian Bach & Neville Marriner (3:32)
  13. 13 Music for the Royal Fireworks, for orchestra, HWV 351: La Réjouissance - George Frideric Handel & Menuhin Festival Orchestra (2:22)
  14. 14 Flute Concerto, for flute, strings & continuo in D major ("Il gardellino"), Op. 10/3, RV 428: 1. Allegro - Antonio Vivaldi & William Bennett (4:11)
  15. 15 Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029: 2. Adagio - Johann Sebastian Bach & Ton Koopman (6:04)
  16. 16 Concerto Grosso in G minor ("Christmas Concerto"), Op. 6/8: Pastorale (Largo) - Arcangelo Corelli & Georges Armand (4:15)
  17. 17 Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Aria - Alan Curtis & Johann Sebastian Bach (3:51)
  18. 18 Dido and Aeneas, opera, Z. 626: When I am laid in earth - Henry Purcell & John Barbirolli (3:49)
  19. 19 Zadok the Priest, coronation anthem No. 1 for chorus & orchestra, HWV 258 - George Frideric Handel & Ambrosian Singers (5:43)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Te Deum, motet for 8 voices, chorus & orchestra, H. 146: Prelude (Excerpt) - Marc-Antoine Charpentier & Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (1:49)
  2. 2 Cantata No. 208, "Was mir behagt," (Hunt Cantata), BWV 208 (BC G1, G3): Sheep may safely graze - Johann Sebastian Bach & Neville Marriner (4:35)
  3. 3 Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4), Op. 8/4, RV 297: 2. Largo - Antonio Vivaldi & Camerata Lysy Gstaad (2:08)
  4. 4 The Prince of Denmark's March (Trumpet Voluntary) for brass, winds & percussion (or keyboard or trumpet & organ) in D major - Jeremiah Clarke & Jean-Michel Defaye (2:52)
  5. 5 Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: 1. Prelude - Johann Sebastian Bach & Josef Suk (3:37)
  6. 6 Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for lute (or guitar), 2 violins & continuo in D major, RV 93: 2. Largo - Antonio Vivaldi & Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (4:37)
  7. 7 Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: 2. Largo - Johann Sebastian Bach & Bath Festival Orchestra (7:43)
  8. 8 Vespro della beata vergine, for chorus & instruments, SV 206: Laudate pueri - Claudio Monteverdi & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (5:51)
  9. 9 Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047: 3. Allegro assai - Johann Sebastian Bach & Neville Marriner (2:50)
  10. 10 Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, march and canzona for orchestra, Z. 860: March - Henry Purcell & Philip Ledger (1:37)
  11. 11 Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, march and canzona for orchestra, Z. 860: Thou knowest, Lord - Henry Purcell & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (2:21)
  12. 12 Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: 2. Largo - Johann Sebastian Bach & George Malcolm (3:19)
  13. 13 Overture, suite for recorder (or flute), strings & continuo in A minor, TWV 55:a2: Réjouissance - Georg Philipp Telemann & Neville Marriner (2:21)
  14. 14 Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 1 in C major (WTC I/1), BWV 846 (BC L80): Prelude - Johann Sebastian Bach & Bob van Asperen (2:49)
  15. 15 Mandolin Concerto, for mandolin, strings & continuo in C major, RV 425: 3. Allegro - Antonio Vivaldi & Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (4:18)
  16. 16 Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048: 1. Allegro - Hans-Martin Linde & Johann Sebastian Bach (5:48)
  17. 17 Les Fêtes d'Hébé ou Les Talents lyriques, ballet héroïque: Musette et tambourin en rondeau - Jean-Philippe Rameau & English Chamber Orchestra (3:02)
  18. 18 Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: 7. Badinerie - Johann Sebastian Bach & Neville Marriner (1:26)
  19. 19 Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 202 (L. 498) - Domenico Scarlatti & Bob van Asperen (3:52)
  20. 20 Cantata No. 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166): Zion hört die Wächter singen - Johann Sebastian Bach & Consortium Musicum (3:27)
  21. 21 Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for lute (or guitar), 2 violins & continuo in D major, RV 93: 1. Allegro giusto - Antonio Vivaldi & Anthony Bailes (3:38)
  22. 22 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Hallelujah - George Frideric Handel & Ambrosian Singers (4:00)
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